Posts Tagged: children

A sweet Valentine’s Day without so many sweets

People often think of dietitians as the food police and that we are going to tell you not to eat sweets. Well, this dietitian is here to say that you can incorporate some sweets into your life, but it should (as everything) be in moderation. Holidays are no exception. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and…
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Children need special care in cold weather

Children exposed to extreme cold for too long and without warm, dry, breathable clothing can get frostbite or life-threatening hypothermia. Children are more at risk from the cold than adults. Because their bodies are smaller, they lose heat more quickly. Here are tips for how to handle frostbite and hypothermia in little ones: Frostbite: Frostbite happens when…
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Think safety for New Year’s fireworks

If you choose to mark the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve with the bang of fireworks, take steps to keep the celebration safe. An eye injury is no way to start the new year. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that nearly 12,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries in…
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Choosing safe gifts for kids this holiday season

Do you know what toys are safe for a child? As an adult, sometimes it’s hard to tell. A toy might not look dangerous to you, but hazards may lurk for children. In recent years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has created a robust toy safety system, requiring testing by independent, third-party laboratories around…
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Reduce screen time to avoid eye damage

Most people know that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can damage the eye and surrounding skin, but what about the high-energy visible (HEV) light being emitted from your smart phone or high-definition TV? Current research suggests that prolonged exposure to HEV blue-violet light from artificial light sources has damaging effects to the retina that resemble…
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